Local News

  • Grigsby chosen Community Volunteer of the Year

    At the Nov. 12 meeting of the Washington County Relay for Life committee, the American Cancer Society presented Wilma Grigsby with an award for Mid-South Division Community Volunteer of the Year for 2008-09 in Washington County. The honor recognizes the years of service Grigsby has put in as a volunteer for Relay and for the American Cancer Society.

  • Library offers resources for entrepreneurs

    With more and more people looking for employment or trying to find ways to supplement their income, many are turning to entrepreneurial resources to start up or expand their own business. Through a partnership with the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute, the Washington County Public Library now has a local Entrepreneurs Resource Center that will offer not only printed materials for job-seekers and potential business owners, but also a wealth of information available on the Internet.

  • Charged deputies now ex-employees

    Norris Wayne Bartley and Billy Joe Mattingly II haven't reported for work since Nov. 12 . Since that time, the two Washington County Sheriff deputies have either been in the custody of the Marion County Detention Center or under house arrest pending their hearing for marijuana trafficking and other charges. With these two public figures facing multiple felonies, Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley presented the Washington County Fiscal Court formally with termination letters for both Bartley, no relation to the sheriff, and Mattingly during an executive session at their Nov.

  • Annual radio auction hits the air Sunday

    Local shoppers who braved long lines and limited quantities during Black Friday will get their chance to find unique and practical Christmas gifts during the annual Lions/Rotary radio auction this Sunday. The event acts as a fundraiser for the Lions Club, which is active in local Little League, and the Rotary Club, which uses the money to fund several events year-round, such as the Washington County Junior Miss competition. The auction starts at 1 p.m.

  • On the record: Senate candidates share their views

    A special election Dec. 8 will decide who will fill the vacant District 14 state senate seat. The district includes Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties.

    The candidates are Jodie Haydon, a former state representative from Bardstown, and Jimmy Higdon, a sitting state representative from Lebanon.

    Both candidates recently responded to a questionnaire sent by Landmark Community Newspapers. Their answers reveal a number of similarities as well as a few differences.

    The candidates

  • Voters go to the polls Tuesday

    In less than a week, voters will head to the polls to choose a new senator in District 14, filling a vacancy left by the resignation of former Sen. Dan Kelly, R-Springfield. The winner will represent a five-county area, including Washington, Nelson, Marion, Mercer and Taylor counties.

  • Santa letters due to The Sun Dec. 8

    It’s time to write your letters to Santa Claus for this year’s special section in The Springfield Sun.

    Santa’s elves here at The Sun will be busy typing those letters and getting them on to the North Pole, but we need to make sure all letters have arrived by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Send letters to P.O. Box 31, Springfield, KY 40069, or e-mail us at editor@thespringfieldsun.com, or drop letters off at our office at 108 Progress Ave.

  • Lincoln Homestead dedicates historical marker

    Although it has been around since 1936, it wasn't until last Tuesday when Lincoln Homestead State Park had a state historical marker placed on the park grounds. Oh, sure, there is a historical marker located near the old 1916 courthouse recognizing the marriage of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks, but that marker directs visitors seven miles north to the location of the state park. Thanks to the efforts of the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Department of Highways, the park now has a marker of its own.

  • Ghost Out teaches students about the dangers of drinking and driving

    There are many lessons taught every day at Washington County High School, but the one given to students on Tuesday before Thanksgiving break might have been the most important lesson they will ever learn.

    In cooperation with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition, the school’s FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) organization sponsored an event called a “Ghost Out,” which was intended to make students understand the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

  • Deputy case goes to grand jury

    The two former Washington County deputies who have been charged with trafficking in marijuana, as well as other charges, will see their cases go to a grand jury.

    Following a preliminary hearing in Washington County District Court Monday, Judge Robert W. Heaton decided that there was enough evidence for the cases against former deputies Wayne Bartley and Billy Mattingly to go to a grand jury, and the grand jury will then determine if the cases will go to trial.